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ABC Sued for Racial Discrimination Over “The Bachelor”

May 18, 2012

In recent Los Angeles, California entertainment law news that Vincent Howard has been following, ABC television network has been sued in a class-action racial discrimination lawsuit, for failing to cast people of color in the popular reality dating television shows "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette."

The racial discrimination lawsuit was filed by Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks, both African-American males who claim that they were not considered as contestants when they attended a casting to get on the show, because of their race.

Claybrooks and Johnson are reportedly filing the class action lawsuit to support all individuals of color who have tried to be contestants on the television shows, but have been denied the equal opportunity to be selected for a starring role on the basis of race. The racial discrimination lawsuit stated that in the 23 seasons of the combined shows, there has never been a bachelorette or bachelor of color chosen for the starring role.

Johnson claims in the suit that after filling out an application to be on the show and attending a casting call, he was stopped by an employee for the show and questioned about why he was there--allegedly because of his race. His application materials were reportedly taken and he was told that they would be passed on. Johnson claims he was never contacted, and unfairly dismissed due to his race.

According to Vincent Howard, this Hollywood employment lawsuit is unusual in that neither man has been a contestant on either show in the central role. The lawsuit claims that ABC violated the Civil Rights Act by deliberately excluding people of color from the main roles on both shows.

The lawsuit claims that the plaintiffs, along with all applicants of color, have been denied the equal opportunity for employment to compete for the leading roles in the dating reality series due to their color and/or race. In addition to violating the law, the racial discrimination lawsuit claims that by excluding people of color from the main roles, "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" highlights the major barriers that people of color are confronted with in the media.

The creator of the reality series, Michael Fleiss, reportedly stating publicly that when casting the show they always want to find different ethnic diversities-- but for some unknown reason, contestants of color have not come forward for casting.

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The Bachelor Producers Sued for Discrimination, US Magazine, April 18, 2012

'The Bachelor' Racial Discrimination Lawsuit, The Hollywood Reporter, April 18, 2012

Lack of minorities on 'The Bachelor' spark lawsuit and look at show's practices, April 18, 2012

'Bachelor' threatened with racial discrimination lawsuit, experts weigh in, Entertainment Weekly, April 17, 2012

Related Web Resources:

Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH): The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC: Laws Enforced by EEOC

Facts About Race/Color Discrimination, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, EEOC

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